ABOUT

Latin American Digital Initiatives (LADI) is a collaboration between LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas Libraries, and Latin American partner institutions to preserve and provide access to unique archival documentation from Latin America, with an emphasis on collections documenting human rights, race, ethnicity, and social exclusion in the region.

The project embraces a horizontal approach to archival collaboration, and aims to build capacity within partner institutions in areas such as digitization, preservation, arrangement, description, and access, while maintaining partners’ collections in their original context. In 2014, LLILAS Benson and Centro de Investigación y Documentación de la Costa Atlántica (CIDCA) in Nicaragua, the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA) in Guatemala, and the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (MUPI) in El Salvador began working together to provide broad access to selected holdings.

This initial phase of LADI was funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The University of Texas Libraries, in conjunction with LLILAS Benson, has made the collections freely available online through the Islandora digital repository platform. The initial phase of LADI was funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Centro de Investigación y Documentación de la Costa Atlántica

The Atlantic Coast Documentation Center, part of the Bluefields Indian Caribbean University (BICU), is situated in Bluefields, Nicaragua and is home to the Historic Cultural Museum of Bluefields, Revista WANI, and the Documentation and Historical Sociocultural Research Center of Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast.

Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica

The Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA) is a Guatemalan not-for-profit foundation. With more than 35 years in existence, CIRMA has been recognized internationally for its commitment to the rescue and conservation of the historical, visual, and documentary patrimony of the Mesoamerican region, with an emphasis on Guatemala.

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El Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen

The Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (MUPI) is a foundation dedicated to the investigation, preservation, and dissemination of the historical and cultural patrimony of El Salvador. After the Civil War (1980-1992) and with the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords in 1992, journalist Carlos Henríquez Consalvi (also known as “Santiago”), directed a team initiative to rescue diverse archives and audio files on social movements. This conservation effort has been extended to include diverse themes regarding Salvadoran culture, identity, and history.

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LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections

In September 2011, the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) joined forces to create LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, an innovative partnership that pairs the abundant scholarly resources of the collection with the teaching and research focus of the institute. Together, LLILAS Benson maintains one of the world’s largest collections of digital assets in the area of Latin American Studies, including over 10 million pages of records from the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive. This long-running experience both in the region and with complex digital projects lays a strong foundation to carry out collaborative archival partnerships with institutions in Latin America.

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University of Texas Libraries

The collections of the University of Texas Libraries are the result of more than one hundred and twenty-five years of commitment to build one of the great library collections in the world. Containing more than nine million volumes and providing access to the latest electronic research materials, the library collects the products of human knowledge in all formats. The library directly supports the research and instruction needs of the 350-acre main campus of The University of Texas at Austin with its 17 colleges and schools, over 24,000 faculty and staff and more than 50,000 students.

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Founded in 1969, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies by supporting exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.

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